Pylorus preserving pancreatoduodectomy (PPPD)

The Pylorus Preserving Pancreatoduodectomy (PPPD) is a modified Whipple’s procedure.  In this case, only part of the duodenum is removed and the pylorus (the part of the stomach that connects to the duodenum) is kept. Some doctors think this helps with food digestion after the operation.

Both the Whipple’s procedure and PPPD operations are major operations with risks of complications.  You will need a general anaesthetic to keep you asleep during surgery and you’re likely to need around ten days recovering in hospital.

Before a Pylorus preserving pancreatoduodectomy procedure. Copyright Pancreatic Cancer Action 2013. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission from Pancreatic Cancer Action.
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